You have probably heard a lot in the Western media about the flooding going on in Beijing due to torrential downpours. (If not, here’s coverage from NYTimes, BBC, and China People’s Daily.) But you may not have heard that the Yangtze River has also decided to flood and areas of downtown Chongqing (Yuzhong District) and the parts of the city across the Jialing (Jiangbei District) and Yangtze River (Nan’an and Jiulongpo Districts) are now under murky water. Having just visited both Yuzhong and Nan’an Districts on Sunday before the flooding, it seemed a post was in order. The images below (mostly from Sunday) are paired with flood images taken on Tuesday by a Xinhua News Agency photographer (the rest of their images can be found in the gallery here).
I added two more sets of pictures after learning that the ancient port town of Ciqikou (near Shapinba) is also underwater now. We visited Ciqikou on Saturday. Click here to view the rest of my images of this unique old town before it was flooded.
It is very timely that Jenny and I were just today presenting to planners and one of the Vice-Presidents of the CAUPD Western Branch on the topic of planning methods in the US, including Environmental Impact Statements. Images from studies showing flooded Manhattan and San Francisco (due to climate change impacts) were of great interest.